The New England hockey community lost one of its most inspirational figures Thursday with the passing of Travis Roy.
Roy, who grew up in Yarmouth, Maine, was paralyzed from the neck down 11 seconds into his first collegiate shift at Walter Brown Arena as a member of the Boston University Terriers. He become an inspiration for hockey players, spinal cord injury survivors and people of all ages and backgrounds across the world.
Son of Lee Roy and Brenda Roy and brother of Tobi, Roy passed away at the age of 45. A note from sister Tobi said, “Trav passed away peacefully today at 1:45 p.m. Mom, Dad and I were at his side and he was comfortable, in no pain and is finally free of his wheelchair. We cannot thank you all enough for your love and support.”
BU and “Miracle On Ice” legend Mike Eruzione tweeted: “Perhaps the saddest day in the history of Boston University hockey and yet Travis has become a role model for so many people and the money he has raised over the years has helped so many.”